Be Hoppy - Wormtown Brewery

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 195
Gots: 211 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmerloni on 04-01-2010

2010: Growler fills and taps only.
2011: Growler fills, taps, and 22oz bottles.
2012: Growler fills, taps, and 22oz bottles.
2013: Growler fills, taps, and 22oz bottles. A 60 case (360 4-packs) trial run of 16oz cans was released brewery only on September 18. Due to success, canning to begin in 2014.
2014: Growler fills, taps, 22oz bottles, and 4 pack 16oz cans.
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Ratings: 981 | Reviews: 139
Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was bottled FIVE DAYS AGO (8/13/11), only 1300 bottles and change. Had Be Hoppy first over a year ago and never really revisted it while at Peppercorns, as there are so many great seasonal releases. When I heard that this would be released in bottles, I wasn't that thrilled either (bring on Sweet Tats I say!). That was, until Ben said he was tweaking Be Hoppy just a bit for bottling (believe he said he was going to run it through a second dry hop for aroma purposes)! Now, I had to get my hands on a few bottles. As always, really enjoy the label art.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light gold colour with a super creamy two finger head that leaves HUGE side lacing as it recedes. It never fully dissolves, just slumps to become a nice white blanket. Best non stout/porter appearance for a wormtown beer I've had.

S - I was on the fence with this, but as it warms, it becomes something magical. Its so fresh, the hops are so prominant and so bitter. Great cascade and simcoe hops. My goodness. With just a faint malt backbone.

T - Boom. I feel like thats all I have to say when writing this review is "boom", but, I suppose I will describe it a bit. This is a delicious west coast style IPA. Great bitter pine and citrus hops (grapefruit anyone?). Pine resin and oils, slight sweet malts. This is all about the bitter hops.

M - Like with regular Be Hoppy, I woul dlike to see a bit more carbonation with this. Its low, and combined with the oily pines its just a bit much. That being said, I want to keep drinking this. Alot.

O - Yeah, love this beer. Love this beer alot. I'm a sucker for a good fresh IPA, and this is one of the fresher ones I've had. Love how the extra hopping made this really pop from the bottle. Still can't get over the head/lacing on this sucker. Wish every Wormtown offering could be like this.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Peppercorns.

Golden body with a nice creamy head with great head retention.

Very sweet aroma with a bready malt with a citrus and pine hop.

Very sweet malt up front, citrus in the middle with some pine and a nice bitter ending. Very tasty brew!

Medium body, leaves the mouth feeling dry. Carbonation is noticeable but not prickly. Really smooth and feels really nice.

This is a IPA that has to be tried if you come to Peppercorns or the Wormtown Brewery next door. I wish this was in a six pack that I could get by me. Incredibly well balanced with the malts and hops.

Photo of beer4colin
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ UBH.

A - A hazy straw pour with little head. Light lace clings.

S - Very citrusy and the aroma tells you that you will have a mouthful of hops.

T - Surpringly a bit laid back - atbthe start. No mistake, lot of hops here with a pretty bitter finish. A bit metallic after is a retraction.

OA - A very good IPA, better since it is local. Next time I am in Worcheshire I could grab a growler.

Photo of krantul
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An IPA just as I like them.. moderate to high bitterness, enormous citrus/floral bouquet, well-balanced hop flavor, all packaged into a very pale, dry beer: maltiness is very restrained, with none of sweetness that I generally find very conflicting in this style. Extremely drinkable.

This is a great American IPA that is worthy of notice, certainly one of the very best being made in New England right now.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Edit:2/26/14- Have had this too many times to not elaborate upon my green thumb review.

A-Hazy orange/amber with a puffy head that slowly dissipates. The body glows. The head is dense and as it succumbs to the air it leaves stains along the glass.

S-Big bouquet of tropical fruits. Citrus fruits and an aroma of muddled pineapple. Some grass and pine as well. A little nectarine too. The malt is even infused with the hoppy aromatics.

T-The flavor matches the electricity found in the nose. Liquified hop smoothie. I love hop tropical the hops are here. Name the exotic fruit, it's probably there. As it warms, the malt comes out much more. Bread and dough malt flavors with pale malt. This one is no slouch in the bitterness department. The hops dive-bomb my tongue with bitterness after the fruits go away...tora! tora! tora!

M-Bitter for sure. Just the faintest touch of alcohol. Lightly resinous. Really sessionable, though. I always find that my favorite IPAs, while bitter, go down with such ease. I try to savor but can't.

O/D-One of my favorite, if not my favorite IPA from Mass. So fresh from the growler. So bodacious from the bottle. So crazy in the can. So perfect on tap down right next to the brewery. This is a HOF'er for me. Really happy it still a bit of a hidden gem!

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson MA.

Pours a crystal clear yellow/orange body with a bright white head.

Nose has a nice mix of citrus and malt.

Taste is light to medium bodied. Very clean and easy drinking. Lots of citric and grapefruity hops but amazingly well balanced agaist a smooth bready caramel malt. Hop bitterness is nicely in check.

A very nice MA MOR IPA. Perfect session beer.

Photo of jneiswender
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the American Craft Beer Festival. Served, on tap, in a two ounce tasting glass.

A old gold body and an eggshell head

S lemon, pine resin, floral

T lime, some malt balance, pine

M medium body

D great tasting change from a standard American India Pale Ale. The citrus flavor is light and I nice switch. I would drink this again.

Photo of jmerloni
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden yellow-orange with soapyish head (this is one of Wormtown's flaws in the 3 I've tried from them so far?) that recedes pretty quickly. It laces fairly decently, though.

S - Awesome. Citrus and grapefruit pine with a lemon zestyness. Some hearty yeast. And hops!

T - Very good. Follows the nose with a nice hop afterkick. A lot of hops in this one. As advertised.

M - Very nice. The hops dance in your mouth and it's carbonated well. 69 IBUs.

D - Drinkable. The hops chip away at your tastebuds but every sip is pretty delicious. I like this brew a lot. The best from Wormtown so far and increases my hopes from them in the future.

Pretty pricey though?? $10 for a growler seems pretty excessive. The others have been $8 and that's reasonable. Might just be start up costs - breweries with scale in Mass (Berkshire and Opa Opa) sell growlers for $6 or $7 - but I hope they lower their prices as time goes on. But this new brew is very good, nevertheless! Well done, Wormtown!

Photo of silentjay
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rather light and perfectly clear copper with a decent off-white head that laces very well, but settles to a thin film rather quickly.

very aromatic brew hints at heavy dry-hopping. tons of pine, lots of freshly cut grass, some earthiness, and some citrus. a bit of biscuity malt can be detected too.

flavor isn't as heavy in pine as it is with the earthy and grassy hops. very distinct flavor that is somewhat unique in a style that has been done to death. bitter, yet refreshing. some grapefruit and citrus peel, but not the "juicy" flavors, rather the bitter and acidic qualities. would maybe like a little more pine like was promised from the aroma, but thats been done before.

light-medium bodied and oily on the palate with ample carbonation and a lingering puckering from the bitterness.

goes down well if you like bitter beers. not the most bitter, but the distinct dry hop aromas and fresh flavors make a decent experience. One I will revisit again plenty of times as long as I am in the mood.

Photo of xerotime
3.11/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Peppercorn's served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy medium orange with a solid 1 finger head that dissipated rather quickly but left nice lacing the whole way down.

S - The usual suspects of citrus and pine some light malt and yeast.

T - Firmly bitter with a large yeast bite. Not much in the way of hop flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation

Overall a nice attempt at a West Coast style IPA but seems to me that it may have been rushed out of the brewery to have such a prominent yeasty flavor.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep gold to orange, less than brilliant clarity with a nice white 1/2" head leaving a quality corral-like lace as it gets drunk.

S - Some malt aroma adding sweet grainyness but mostly geranial hops with some citrus.

T - Citrus up front, solid subtle caramel malt middle with a long geranial finish and aftertaste. Bitterness is solid and ever-present but soft and agreeable as the best IPAs are. IPAs are my style and this is an excellent example of one.

M - Soft and smooth, almost cask-like. Big medium-full body and a long lingering hop finish that makes you suck on your cheeks to get all of the hop goodness.

D - Anyone who loves hops as I do would drink this all day long.

Photo of kdpine
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brewery is starting with four year-round beers: Turtle Boy Blueberry Ale, Seven Hills Pale Ale, Worcester's Bravest Ale and Be Hoppy IPA. The only beer that is currently being brewed that is a little higher in alcohol is the Be Hoppy IPA, a nice bitter IPA.
This is a beer for the hop heads, certainly my favorite of the Wormtown lineup

Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Peppercorn's. Pours hazy medium-dark orange, creamy white film on top which stays pretty much the whole time, leaves pretty good lacing. Smell is typical IPA goodness, nice citrus hop scents. Taste is really good, lots of citrus and pine, quite bitter and carbonated but in a good way. Very fruity.I really have no complaints about this beer. It doesn't reach any new heights or pull off anything spectacular but it is a plain ol solid IPA. Coming from a very new small brewpub, this one surprised me. Will definitely have again.

Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Prezzo in Milford, MA.

A: Light 1 finger creamy head fades semi quickly over the semi clear golden orange slightly hazy beer. Also leaves a nice lacing.

N: A nice fresh hop aroma, with some pine, citrus, very light musty fresh hop, a little chewy hops, and touches of a malty base.

T: Again fresh musty hops hit first. It adds some citrus and pine, and quite a bit of tangerine, orange peel, and some grapefruit. A slight chewy hop with little malt too. Overall a pretty bitter and spicy hop presence. There's even a little hop oil. It's a nice hop character, not the best around, but done pretty well. With that is a touch of malty sweetness.

M: Medium to light with good carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter as it seems to ramp up quickly but hits a peak quickly as well. Pretty dry as well. It has a very citrus orange peel on the finish especially, almost like biting on an orange rind. Slight sticky syrup feel too somehow, with a fresh wort taste. With the slight fresh wort and heavy strong spicy bitterness I get the feel like I'm chewing on the trub at the bottom of the finished brew. A decent west coast style IPA brewed on the East Coast.

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